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Personal Study - Journeys.

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A2 Personal Study Journeys MUD FOOT CIRCLE, 1985 RICHARD LONG By Caroline Mackenzie Contents * Introduction * Biographies * Comparisons with traditional painters * Primary Source research, questions & responses- Richard Long * Evaluation of response * Research on Richard Long * My response to the work of Richard Long * Analysis of Works: Andy Goldsworthy Richard Long Robert Smithson * Comparison using my own work * Conclusion * Bibliography Introduction I have always liked travelling, exploring different countries and collecting items on the way to keep as a physical memory. This fascination with discovery made me interested in the Serpentine gallery, in Hyde Park, which had an exhibition called 'en route'. It featured the work of twenty-three established and emerging contemporary artists who take the theme of travel as a basis for their art. The human journey, both physical and imagined, is one of the most long-standing themes in art, literature and mythology. Many artists attracted my attention. One of them was Francis Alys, who travelled on foot and each day of his travels, was under the influence of a different drug. He recorded his experience through photography- 'I will walk in the city over the course of seven days, under the influence of a different drug each day. My trip will be recorded through photographs...' Above is one of his photographs from his series. Another photographer that I found interesting was Robert Smithson. He put photographs of objects in wild surroundings, such as on a hillside. He would make a photograph within a photograph more obvious by having the photograph of the object in black and white, to contrast with the natural colours of the surroundings. I liked the style of Robert Smithson's photography so much that I decided to concentrate on 'found objects' and 'journeys' as a theme. I researched other well-known artists/photographers such as Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy, and became very much interested in their work and connection with nature. ...read more.


I hope this information is helpful. Kind regards, Julia Sprinkel James Cohan Gallery -----Original Message----- From: Caroline Mackenzie [mailto:ladypenelope01@hotmail.com] Sent: Friday, November 29, 2002 12:02 PM To: info@jamescohan.com Subject: interview/ info on Richard Long Dear Sir or Madam, I am currently studying photography at A-level in London. I have decided to carry out my course-work on Richard Long, and I know you, the James Cohan Gallery have exhibited his work. I would very much like to ask him some questions, either by e-mail or by letter. If I give you some questions would you be able to forward them to him, or give me an address or contact number to get in touch with him. If it is possible to do this my e-mail address is ladypenelope01@hotmail.com. Thank you. - What was the first journey you recorded using photography? - Did any other artists inspire you to create these installations? - Do you prefer to create and exhibited your work in natural surroundings or in galleries? - How do your findings on your journeys relate to your sculptures? - What do we expect to see from you in the future? Yours sincerely Caroline Mackenzie Evaluation of Response I replied with my address, contact numbers etc. however the contact was not successful as I am still waiting for a response from Mr Long. I know that other students have tried to contact artists such as Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy and have not been successful either. I am frustrated that artists who are so concerned with and sensitive to environmental issues seem to be so disinterested in their fellow human beings. However I can understand why these artists crave peace in their lives, as it helps to put them in the frame of mind to carry out these natural works in the tranquillity of the countryside. Research on Richard Long You can record your findings in many different ways, written works such as travel books, audio sound on cassette and photographs as a visual record. ...read more.


The vanishing point is illustrated by the pools of water and the hedge line as they slowly recede into the background. HYPOTHETICAL CONTINENT OF GONDWANALAND- ICE CAP Yucatan, Mexico April, 1969 This is a representational installation of an ice cap, which is represented by the white rock in the centre of the picture. The shape is simplified and abstracted. A criticism of the work is that the rich ready colour is not constant all the way round the picture. The dark shadow in the top right hand corner disrupts the continuity of the photograph. Although the picture does not include mirrors, it does once again illustrate a lighter smoother surface against a darker non-reflecting surface. The scale of this piece is unknown. It is hard to tell the size of the rocks or boulders as the shrubbery or tree size above the rocks are unknown. Smithson plays God in this photograph, as he seems to create a whole new continent, hence the title 'Continent of Gondwanaland' which I think Smithson bases on 'Wonderland', -another fantasyland. You can also tell that Smithson plays God as the angle of the photograph is taken looking down, as if God is looking down from heaven. This gives Smithson authority and power. Conclusion I set out to research and gain an understanding of the methods and symbolism involved in a journey- the different ways that are available to record and display a journey. My investigation into the works of Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long and Robert Smithson led me to experiment with compositional patterns and as a result of this work I experimented by taking a walk myself and seeing what I myself discovered. I used the following techniques similar to Richard Long by using different media to document my journey. Similarities- * They record there work using the same media- photography, using colour film; Andy Goldsworthy Richard Long Robert Smithson * Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long and Robert Smithson all use circles or circular compositions in their installations; Andy Goldsworthy Richard Long Robert Smithson * Documented the surroundings by conveying their where- abouts in the photograph. ...read more.

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